Academic Partnerships Now Accepting Proposals for 2016 Faculty Research Grant Program

Funds support research on impact and effectiveness of online learning

Mar 01, 2016, 09:00 ET from Academic Partnerships

DALLAS, March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Academic Partnerships (AP), a leading global provider of online services for higher education, is accepting applications for its spring 2016 Faculty Research Grant Program. The program supports faculty and staff at AP partner universities by funding research into the efficacy, efficiency and inherent value of online degree programs.

Primary focus areas include competency-based learning, course facilitation (faculty-student interaction), instructional technology, and a new opportunity for faculty to explore the use of ApprenNet, a video collaboration tool that promotes peer interaction, self-reflection, practice and mentoring.

AP accepts proposals each spring and fall. Since the program's inception in 2012, AP has awarded $300,000 in research funding to more than 90 faculty at over 20 U.S. universities.

"Faculty members who teach online courses see firsthand how this approach dramatically expands access to education," said Jennifer Scott, AP's Senior Vice President of Academic Products and Services. "AP supports their efforts to innovate and understand the best practices for online higher education."

Proposals for this round of Faculty Research Grants are due by March 14, 2016. For more information, please visit To apply, please visit

"Working with the renowned faculty at our partner universities, AP is always striving to make world-class education more accessible, affordable and effective," said Randy Best, Founder and Chairman of Academic Partnerships. "This program has funded research that has refined our understanding of the most effective approaches for distance learning."

The grants are administered by Faculty eCommons, a learning site created by AP to provide ongoing support to faculty from partner universities around the world. Faculty eCommons offers industry research, best practices, guidance and professional development regarding online education and pedagogy.

About Academic Partnerships
Academic Partnerships is a leading online service provider for higher education globally. The company assists universities in converting their on-campus degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students for those programs, and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, Academic Partnerships is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through technology-aided learning make higher education more accessible and achievable. The company was founded by a social entrepreneur, Randy Best, who has spent nearly 20 years developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. For more information, please visit

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